Israeli Authorities Search for Survivors as Empty Migrant Boat Lands

The abandoned boat. (Police Spokesman)

Israeli authorities launched a search for survivors after an empty migrant rubber boat, containing documents and equipment, washed ashore near Netanya on Sunday morning. The fate of the people who were on board remains uncertain, as it is unclear whether they drowned or abandoned the vessel.

Maritime police have deployed boats and aerial drones in their efforts to locate survivors. Due to the prevailing currents, the discovery of bodies is not guaranteed.

Among the items found in the boat were several passports and identity cards, including those of Somali and Turkish nationals, including children. The vessel also contained bottles of water, energy bars, and cakes.

In a statement, the police explained, “The police, in cooperation with maritime police officers, initiated a search upon receiving a report from municipal officials about a rubber boat that washed ashore in the city. There were no people in the boat, but a significant amount of personal equipment and documents were found on board.”

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